Neymar has revealed Paris Saint-Germain’s staff predicted he would score a free-kick against Montpellier on Saturday, with the Brazil international’s set-piece goal helping to spark a come-from-behind win.
PSG were trailing to Leandro Paredes’ own goal when Neymar won a set-piece 25 yards out in the final 20 minutes having been fouled by Pedro Mendes, who was sent off for picking up a second booking.
Brazil international Neymar stepped up and dispatched a brilliant strike into the top-right corner of the net to equalise, with Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi then on target in a 3-1 victory.
Neymar later revealed PSG’s staff felt he would score a free-kick in the game, which helped imbue him with the confidence as he stood over the ball.
“It was a very tough match but our second half was better,” he told PSG TV.
“It’s an important victory for the team. Before the match I talked with the staff and we all felt that I will score a goal on a free-kick.
“I had confidence, so I try. It’s a great goal to help the team to win.”
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) December 7, 2019
Neymar’s compatriot and PSG captain Thiago Silva was able to celebrate his 300th appearance for the club with a victory.
“It’s historical for me,” the 35-year-old said.
“I never thought about playing such a long time with Paris Saint-Germain.
“I’m very happy and honoured but we have to continue, we have many matches to come.
“I hope I could play a lot more matches with Paris.”
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